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October 20, 2014

David Brat: Part of a Bigger Movement of Religious Economists

Michelle Boorstein of the Washington Post writes that David Brat is “part of a bigger movement in recent years of overtly religious economists, particularly of the conservative Christian variety.”

“Jordan J. Ballor, a research fellow at the Acton Institute, a religion and liberty think tank, said Brat is part of a growing and more visible overlap between economic and religious conservatives.”

“Today, he said, debates about the morality of things like materialism and debt are becoming more common among conservative economists.”

Ballor contends that “conversations among economists about ethical systems — including religious ones — ‘are becoming more and more prominent as people realize the models we’ve inherited are inadequate.’”

Brat “is appearing at a time of fierce debate between religious liberals and religious conservatives over what a ‘Christian’ economic system might look like and what role the government should play. In his 2011 essay, Brat wrote that ‘capitalism is here to stay, and we need a church model that corresponds to that reality.'”

  • Ethan Xanderphone

    The only kind of movement “religious economists” should have is a bowel.

    “What fools these mortals be!”

  • YONATAN C

    THERE ARE STILL THREE MILLION UNEMPLOYED AMERICANS WHO HAVE BEEN WITHOUT AN UNEMPLOYMENT EXTENSION SINCE LAST DECEMBER. THIS WAS DIRECTLY CAUSED BY THE REPUBLICAN SENATE’S REFUSAL TO PASS THE EMERGENCY UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFIT BILL. THE REPUBLICANS HAVE UTTERLY FAILED THESE UNEMPLOYED FAMILIES, AND DESTINED THEM TO FINANCIAL RUIN AND POVERTY. MANY OF WHOM MAY NEVER RECOVER FROM. THE REPUBLICANS HAVE SHOWN A TOTAL LACK OF COMPASSION AND COMMON DECENCY TOWARDS OUR OWN PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY. THEY ARE SHAMEFUL, AND NEED TO BE VOTED FROM OFFICE.

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